Viking boys split in weekend hardwood contests

Andrew Towne/Torrington Telegram Viking senior Jacob Roper battles for a rebound against Lingle-Fort Laramie junior Nolan Spears during Friday’s 69-27 loss to the Doggers.

GUERNSEY—The Viking boys basketball team didn’t let a Friday night loss spoil their weekend as they came back on Saturday to claim a 54-39 win over Hanna-Elk Mountain.  

A talented and deep team, the Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers came to Guernsey-Sunrise and shut the Vikings down right from the tip-off, going on to claim a 69-27 win. The Doggers jumped out to a 16-5 lead eight minutes into the game that stretched to a 26-10 lead by halftime. Caleb Christensen led the Viking scorers with 12. Tristan Hohnholt added eight, Aiden Noggle put in five and Jacob Roper hit one bucket. 

The Doggers had three players in double figures as Brody Roberts finished with a game-high 15, followed by Brady Cook with 13 and Brian McCoid with 12, including three treys.  

“We were able to control their press and fast break of Lingle for the first half and good portion of the third quarter,” Viking head coach Steve Zimmerman said. “We wore down as the game went on with Lingle pulling away. Poor shooting by the Vikings could not match the Doggers who shot extremely well. Two performances that stood out were Caleb Christensen who did shoot 6 for 10 from the field to lead the team with 12 points. Caleb also lead the team in rebounding with a total of seven offensive and five defensive. Point guard Aiden Noggle had season best running the offense with no turnovers against a swarming defense. If we would have matched shots a key point, the game would have been intense to the end.”

Saturday, it was the Vikings turn to dominate as they opened with a 21-8 first quarter lead, raised it to 34-15 by half and went on to win 54-39 over the Hanna-Elk Mountain Miners.

Hohnholt had an outstanding game, sinking six treys in the first three quarters. He was the top scorer for all players, finishing with 24. Noggle added 12 points, and Christensen dropped in 10. Dawson Bingham notched five, Mason Collar came off the bench and hit one basket and Roper hit a free throw. 

“We controlled the game from the tipoff through a strong team defensive performance allowing only 25 points through the first three quarters,” Zimmerman said. “We were able to use multiple defenses effectively to frustrate the Miners. I was proud of the overall effort after coming off a grueling game the night before. Aiden Noggle put a second straight game of getting the Vikings started into the offense. He had one turnover for the game taking care of the ball.  Shooting from the perimeter improved with a total of 11 threes, six by Hohnholt, four by Noggle and one by Bingham. Freshman Mason Collar came off the bench to provide great support to our postgame with two points, five rebounds and one assist. Mason was very active defensively, this  was his best game so far. Caleb Christensen Controlled the paint with eight rebounds and seven blocks.”  

The Vikings now own a 4-4 overall record and are 1-1 in conference play. They will host the Lusk Tigers Tuesday with a 6 p.m. tip-off.  On Saturday, Jan. 28, they’ll be on the road for a matchup with Arvada-Clearmont. The varsity girls will play at noon and the boys’ varsity contest tips off at 1:30 p.m.2023-01-25

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